April 18COMETS AGAINST THE SKY’S INFINITY: HARRY BERTOIA'S SOUNDING SCULPTURES
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART
Midcentury master of sound-art, sculpture, and modern furniture Harry Bertoia devoted the later years of his life to creating a vast body of interactive sound sculptures that could be played by anyone. Visiting curator and researcher Shannon Stratton joins us for a talk about Bertoia's sound sculptures, the Pennsylvania barn he recorded them in, and the inspiration and thinking that led to this, his final body of work. KU doctoral student in music composition Ben Justis accompanies the talk with a short performance of an original composition on the Spencer's own Bertoia sound sculpture. Stratton served as chief curator at the Museum of Art and Design in New York for the past four years and is now an independent curator and researcher. Her forthcoming book focuses on Bertoia’s Sonambient barn.